Value of vision stressed by leaders

4:53 p.m. December 15
Long-term plans key to growing vibrant communities

Four leaders of local governments in Clark County said Monday that maintaining strategic plans, building infrastructure and recruiting new industries are all keys to growing vibrant communities.

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Sony threatens suit over publishing of stolen emails

By JACK GILLUM, Associated Press December 15, 2014 6 a.m.

WASHINGTON — A lawyer representing Sony Pictures Entertainment is warning news organizations not to publish details of company files leaked by hackers in one of the largest digital breaches ever against an American company.

Airbnb, now with 220 local employees, shows off HQ

By The Oregonian December 14, 2014 7:40 p.m.

PORTLAND — After several months of settling in, Airbnb's new Portland home is finally ready for guests.

Lower lobster catch in 2014 means higher prices

By The Associated Press December 14, 2014 7:33 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Lobster fishermen say the 2014 season appears to have resulted in a lower catch than the previous two years. That would mean slightly higher prices for consumers.

Truckers vie with shippers for $24 billion fuel savings

By Thomas Black, Bloomberg News December 14, 2014 6:07 p.m.

DALLAS — As shippers of everything from toys to tools enjoy as much as $24 billion in savings from lower diesel surcharges next year, trucking companies see an opening to raise freight rates at a pace not seen in about a decade.

Berko: Look to Scandinavians for solid foreign investments

By Malcolm Berko December 14, 2014 6 a.m.

Dear Mr. Berko: My new broker recommended Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish exchange-traded funds for me, which I have listed here. What can you tell me about investing in those countries? I know what an ETF is but hope you can explain the terms "iShares," "MSCI" and "capped" to me. As an alternative to these ETFs, could you also recommend two or three stocks from each of those countries? I am 58 and have $385,000 in my rollover individual retirement account, and this broker wants me to have $60,000 in foreign stocks. Is this a good idea?

Clark County Business Briefing

By The Columbian December 14, 2014 6 a.m.

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Cellphone service price war breaks out

By Paresh Dave, Los Angeles Times December 14, 2014 6 a.m.

Verizon Wireless once promised customers an unrivaled network with clear calls and fast downloads in exchange for expensive cellphone service.

Tech Test: Phone features stand out, but do you need them?

By ANICK JESDANUN, Associated Press December 14, 2014 6 a.m.

There's an Android phone for everyone. Need to swim with it? Get a waterproof model. Travel a lot? Get one with longer battery life.

Kuni Automotive revved up for growth

By Courtney Sherwood December 14, 2014 6 a.m.

Walk through the floor-to-ceiling glass front door, and you might think you've been transported to the high-tech halls of Silicon Valley.

American Airlines plans $2 billion upgrade of planes, lounges

By DAVID KOENIG, Associated Press December 14, 2014 6 a.m.

DALLAS — American Airlines says it will spend more than $2 billion to make its planes more pleasant for passengers, the latest salvo in a competition among carriers to attract high-paying frequent fliers.

Instagram says it's bigger than Twitter

By Andrea Chang and Paresh, Dave Los Angeles Times December 14, 2014 6 a.m.

Instagram now has more than 300 million users worldwide, making it bigger than Twitter.

Ugly sweaters earn pretty penny

By Michael Sanserino. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette December 14, 2014 6 a.m.

PITTSBURGH — Ugly is the new black (and gold). It’s either a sign of how popular ugly Christmas sweaters have become, or it’s another sign that sports fans will buy anything with their team’s logo, but one New Jersey company is having a lot of success selling intentionally ugly sports-themed holiday sweaters this year.

Is rider safety the real Achilles heel for Uber, Lyft?

By BARBARA ORTUTAY and JUSTIN PRITCHARD, Associated Press December 13, 2014 2:40 p.m.

LOS ANGELES — The growth of ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft so far has not been hindered by limits from government regulators and campaigns by taxi cab competitors. A bigger threat to the new industry's impressive start could come from customers — if enough people stop using the services over fears that drivers aren't safe.

Berko: Hang on to smokin' hot Altria stock

By Malcolm Berko December 13, 2014 6 a.m.

Dear Mr. Berko: Several places in New York and New Jersey have increased the minimum age to buy tobacco products to 21, which is expected to sharply reduce smoking by our young people. Our 17- and 19-year-old boys smoke, and such a law here would make it illegal for them to buy cigarettes and fine merchants who sell to those under 21. I'd be so glad for this because no matter how hard we've tried, we have not been able to break our two sons of this nasty habit.

Chinese search company to invest $600 million in Uber

By Los Angeles Times December 12, 2014 5:40 p.m.

LOS ANGELES — Chinese search giant Baidu is set to invest $600 million in Uber, the fast-growing ride-hailing company, according to a source quoted by Bloomberg.

Register for the upcoming Economic Forecast Breakfast on Jan. 22, 2015 at the Vancouver Hilton, and catch a glimpse of the growth and development opportunities that lie ahead for this region. This year's keynote features Ken Fisher, founder and CEO of Fisher Investments in Camas, who will provide his outlook for the local economy.